Twisting tale of love throughout the ages at Derngate


The romantic old notion of the nature of love has long proved to be a muse to novelists and dramatists.

And the latest play to hit the Royal stage in Northampton promises to take up this traditional theme, casting a witty look at love through the ages.

The Royal & Derngate Actors Company will this week present a new production of Loveplay, a drama which is said to be ‘thought-provoking, sexual and emotionally powerful’.

Moira Buffini’s play follows a trail of seductions, transactions and romantic encounters that take place on the same square of land in London over the course of 2,000 years.

As time passes, so does the use of this patch of land. From Roman temple to medieval abbey, from elegant town house to 1960s’ squat, to a modern dating agency, 10 vignettes are played out, linked by a common theme, the quest for love... often frustrated.

Led by theatre experts, the Royal & Derngate Actors Company is open to those aged 21 and over. It offers masterclasses in performance skills, such as voice, movement and text, as well as collaborations with professional directors in devising, rehearsing and performing productions.

Loveplay was first performed by the prestigious Royal Shakespeare Company in 2001.

Royal & Derngate’s production is directed by the theatre’s resident associate artist, Helen Barnett, with hand-drawn sets by Aimee Holmes.

Loveplay will be performed on Saturday, July 6, with shows at 2pm and 8.15pm. Tickets cost £8 and can be booked by calling the box office on 01604 624811 or by visiting the theatre’s website www.

The show is recommended for those aged 16 and above.